I'm new to flats fishing, what do I need?
We all have different plans and ideas of where we'll fish and what we're going to target. So general advice for the beginning flats fisher is to look at the flies you’re going to cast, which may or may not stem from the natural foods your chosen quarry feeds upon.
Using Bonefish as an example, you will most often be imitating small shrimps and crabs in very shallow water.
The ideal equipment required:- a 9ft rod, a matching reel with a decent, smooth drag and capacity for 200yards of backing, plus a tropical coating WF8 fly line. Tapered leaders to 8-12lb and a selection of shrimp and small crab fly patterns.
There's a long list of other items to benefit from, but one other extremely important part of your kit is a good pair of polarised lens sunglasses.
More specific advice will follow, so whatever fish species or shallow water environment you're choosing, please stop by again to learn more and join the Flatsbag Facebook group to talk with like minded fishers.
New product launches
Flatsbag has a good relationship with most of the established brands in the industry and as we grow further you can expect to read news of product launches to help prepare you for your next purchase.
Also keep an eye on our 'Reviews page'
Latest fly patterns
Talking with many others about our mutual passion helps us to keep up with the latest successful fly patterns. Many commercial fly producers take a year or even a few years to catch on and produce the patterns we want but with the use of our own custom tyers, FLATSBAG can offer you all specific flies advice as well as a range to purchase from in preparation for your next trip.
With access to our product launch and review pages you should feel able to gain confidence in your purchasing. However, more specific and personal advice is always here for you, so please feel free to ask and watch this space for articles that may be relevant to your needs.
A rod must suite your casting style and taste in action. But it must also deliver in performance to ultimately make it the right rod choice for you.
Help from a local casting instructor is also hugely beneficial.
Once again, keep an eye on our product launch and reviews pages.
With reels it is very much a personal decision. Once you are viewing a range of decent quality reels, it is hard to make a bad choice but we will all have our favourites, based on weight, appearance, how it feels, the clicker noise etc.
Talk with us here and in our Facebook group and you won't be short of suggestions based on personal experience.
This is a huge topic and almost a science when talking with fly line manufacturers.
Once again, we will be trying many fly lines for ourselves and offer advice, whatever your requirements.
Short head lines seem to be the fashion right now, but this does not fulfill every flats fishers needs. Taper comparison as well as the various fly line coatings and core must be considered when choosing the best line for the job.
What is your next trip and what rod are you using?
Be honest and say what your skill level is? Do you double haul? Are you mostly wading or fishing from a skiff? Are you throwing heavy/bulky fly patterns? What time of year are you hitting the flats? (temperature)
These are some of the items to consider when choosing a flyline for fishing the flats.